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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I do think it is a book that will appeal to some and they will love it or others may read and just not 'get it' .. I'm glad I did.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The First Lie?
The whole fear of the ocean and history of the seals was intriguing .. it really is a book with a difference and simply charming. A journey of discovery, it paints a lovely picture of Hawaii and has left me wanting to read the next in the series.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
I was absorbed all the way and particularly like the elements of Selkie seeking her darkside/dead mother. It was quite eerie in places, she hears voices, music and 'sees' a lady - but she has some wonderfully supportive friends.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
There is so much tension, Selkie escapes from an abusive relationship and relocates in Hawaii .. there is a lot of folklore, some colourful characters and plenty of adventure.
Yes, it does have a paranormal twist but ultimately I would say it is a mystery/thriller with a hauntingly quaint backdrop.
Any additional comments?
I came across this book when I was actually doing a different guest post with the lovely author on my blog. I was attracted by the cover, fell in love with the name Selkie Moon but subconsciously I think the 'paranormal' genre part prevented me jumping straight in. I started it, got a little way then stopped due to a tight schedule on other books then went back to it .... well after a few chapters I was then reeled in!
I purchased and listened to this on audiobook and the narration was compelling with an Australian accent which highlighted the experience.
I’ll start by saying, it would be too hard to tell what this story is about without giving spoilers. If I say much about a character, it will give something away because part of the mystery is who the characters are. A lot of them are surrounded in mystery. This was a suspenseful read. There were times I got frustrated with Selkie towards the end but not long because once you see how her younger years were, you will understand. I’m dying to rant and rave but again, spoilers. I will say that I really didn’t see the ending coming. It was so much different than I predicted. What a nice surprise. I love it when I can’t guess what’s going on. Though I was dying to cheat lol. This author really has a gift for writing. Her wording of things is so unique. I love it. At times I was laughing at Selkie’s response to someone.
The narrator was amazing. She really brings the characters to life. She can do any voice and sounds so authentic. Her Texan accent was spot on.
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This book defies genre. This book is not a shifter or supernatural book, nor the traditional who-done-it type of mystery. It's paranormal in the Merriam Webster definition and a Mystery yet not in the conventional sense of a mystery book. Merriam Webster again gives us the best meaning of Mystery for this book.
Merriam Webster Definition of Paranormal:
denoting events or phenomena such as telekinesis or clairvoyance that are beyond the scope of normal scientific understanding.
Merriam Webster definition of mystery:
the condition or quality of being secret, strange, or difficult to explain.
The characters of the book are easy to relate to. They were well thought out, and their purpose in Selkie's life was apparent as they helped Selkie through her journey.
Selkie's journey, on the other hand, was frustrating for me. Her story and growth seesawed through the entire book. At times growth would occur exponentially, then within a few chapters, she'd fall back to her initial level of character like she hadn't had any development at all. I hope to see more growth from Selkie in the next book(s).
There is a lot of intrigue in this book. It kept the book an enjoyable read; however, I felt that at times it was a little overdone with multiple issues piling up and no forward movement for Selkie.
I didn't find much of the spooky elements to be beyond belief as I believe in ghosts and psychic connections. For me, there was just enough of this to make the story progress and help with the little bit of growth that Selkie experienced.
The humor in the book is the dry humor of the Brits & Aussies. I found it to be spot on for the character and enjoyable. It may be the type that many American readers don't grasp very well, but it doesn't detract from the book if you don't see it as humor. For me, this was a bonus to the book.
The story ended on a cliffhanger (not in a bad way). The ending was not what I hoped for, but in its way explains Selkie and her journey thus far. I felt that I was left wanting a little more from the ending, and I hope to see how the next books progress.
Sex: Off Screen
Language: Mild swearing
This book receives a 4-star rating mostly due to the seesaw growth of the character.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes shows like Psych, or fans of Personal Growth type Mystery books (I know not an actual genre) where the mystery is more related to the main character's growth, rather than a who-done-it type of book.
The narrator made the book a joy to listen to.